2002 World Conference Resolution

G-5 Review of Policy on Homosexuality From the Greater Los Angeles Stake

Whereas, Our vision to "...become a worldwide church dedicated to the pursuit of peace, reconciliation, and healing of the spirit," challenges us to find ways to unite as a people of faith, and our mission to "proclaim Jesus Christ and promote communities of joy, hope, love, and peace," is not limited to particular communities of persons; and

Whereas, Our promise to be "an inclusive community of people who, in the name of Jesus Christ, faithfully act and work in ways that help realize, for all humankind, the vision of God's perfect wholeness" (Herald, April 2001) challenges us to be called by a new name, Community of Christ, and to eliminate divisions; and

Whereas, Our statement of belief on human worth states that "God loves each of us equally and unconditionally. All persons have great worth and should be respected as creations of God with basic human rights. The willingness to love and accept others is essential to faithfulness to the gospel of Christ"; and

Whereas, The words of counsel brought to the church on April 4, 2000, call us to "[o]pen your hearts and feel the yearnings of your brothers and sisters who are lonely, despised, fearful, neglected, unloved. Reach out in understanding, clasp their hands, and invite all to share in the blessings of community created in the name of the One who suffered on behalf of all. Do not be fearful of one another. Respect each life journey, even in its brokenness and uncertainty, for each person has walked alone at times. Be ready to listen and slow to criticize, lest judgments be unrighteous and unredemptive"; and

Whereas, President Grant McMurray has stated that "...the gay and lesbian community is a welcomed part of the body of Christ"; and

Whereas, The "Affirmation of Human Diversity," adopted by the World Conference in 1992, identifies prejudice against persons because of sexual orientation as a behavior that "undermines the personal and spiritual development of both the abuser and the abused, and denies the mutual benefits of sharede giftedness," and it further states that "we therefore acknowledge and affirm human diversity by creating a spirit of openness and peace within our congregations where all persons may find acceptance and the opportunity to share their giftedness"; and

Whereas, A review of the Standing High Council Statemnet of March 18, 1982, on homosexuality would potentially remove a source of contention for persons on all sides of the issues involved and allow for a time of reconciliation and healing of the spirit; therefore be it

Resolved, That the First Presidency be urged to work with appropriate councils or quorums of the Community of Christ to implement a policy on homosexuality that is consistent with the principles of inclusion, wholeness, acceptance, and the worth of persons; and be it further

Resolved, That the First Presidency be directed to report to the next World Conference on progress toward a new policy on homosexuality.